That Every Moment Is a Flower Bud – Chong Hyon-jong
80s-90s / A-G / Poems in Korean Middle School Textbooks / Poetry Translation

That Every Moment Is a Flower Bud – Chong Hyon-jong

That Every Moment Is a Flower Bud Chong Hyon-jong (1939 – present) I regret at times. That moment, that event Could have been a treasure trove… The person of that moment The thing of that moment Could have been a treasure trove… Had I digged in more passionately And talked more passionately And listened more … Continue reading

A Village – Do Jonghwan
80s-90s / A-G / Poems in Korean Middle School Textbooks / Poetry Translation

A Village – Do Jonghwan

A Village Do Jonghwan (1954-) Perhaps because villagers live benignly, myriads of stars are in the sky. The village is clustered where a brook runs limpidly; cuckoo sounds and star shadows are scooped in a water dipper. When rice is rinsed with the water and spreads the cooking scent, I pass by the village where the … Continue reading

Had We Been Snowflakes – Ahn Do-hyun
80s-90s / A-G / Poems in Korean Middle School Textbooks / Poetry Translation

Had We Been Snowflakes – Ahn Do-hyun

Had We Been Snowflakes Ahn Do-hyun (1961-present) Had we been snowflakes, let us not become sleet that hesitantly scatters in the air. Even if the world is gusty, freezing, and dark, let us come down in big, cozy flakes to the lowest part of a town where people live. Had we been snowflakes, let us become letters … Continue reading

Worried about Mom – Ki Hyongdo
80s-90s / K-L / Poems in Korean Middle School Textbooks / Poetry Translation

Worried about Mom – Ki Hyongdo

Worried about Mom Ki Hyongdo (1960-1989) My mom, gone to a market With thirty bunches of radishes on her head, Does not return; it’s long been since the sun withered. Placed like cold rice in the room, However slow I do my homework, Mom doesn’t return. Trudge, trudge, footsteps like a cabbage leaf— I can’t … Continue reading

Classroom with a View of the Sea 10 – Cleaning Window – Jeong Ilgeun
80s-90s / H-J / Poems in Korean Middle School Textbooks / Poetry Translation

Classroom with a View of the Sea 10 – Cleaning Window – Jeong Ilgeun

  Classroom with a View of the Sea 10 – Cleaning Window Jeong  Ilgeun (1958-) It’s truly clear: A sheet of glass window Which has been tenderly cleaned by Yeol, Yeol, Who can barely write his name Remote shoreline and loving brother islands, A sheet of autumn sea That is dazzling as it is Ah, Over … Continue reading